A Time for Farewell

The end of summer on Cape Cod is always tinged with regret.

The end of summer on Cape Cod is always tinged with regret. The landscape seems a reflection of the setting sun, streaked with bright gold and vivid red. The sky fills with birds migrating to far away places. Everywhere you turn, people are saying goodbye.

A Time for Farewell

At Cape Cod LIFE, we are saying farewell this fall season to some special people. Jeff Harder, our managing editor for the last five years, is leaving us to get a master’s degree in professional writing. Since 2008, Jeff and I have worked together on nearly 70 issues of Cape Cod LIFECape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. We shared office space, agreed on political candidates, disagreed on movie choices and the power of fiction (me) versus non-fiction (Jeff), and sometimes struggled to understand each other’s generational differences. But most of the time, working with Jeff day in and day out was easy. I trusted him every inch of the way. He made me laugh, corrected my punctuation, and often, his writing moved me.

So I would like to say, thank you, Jeff. I promise not to forget any more declarative commas. Let me know when you finally decide to write that novel that I know is in your bulldog of a heart.

We also say goodbye to Don Sylor, the talented photographer who shot the photo on this page and whose beautiful work has graced many issues of Cape Cod LIFE. Don died this summer. We mourn the passing of such a splendid vision and hope his family finds solace in the glorious images he left behind brightening thousands of Cape Cod lives.

Just as the warm days, crowds of people, and the clouds of birds come again to Cape Cod, we also say hello to some new Cape Cod LIFE folk. We welcome Jeff’s replacement, Matt Gill, who in his first week has already made me laugh. He hasn’t corrected my punctuation yet, but give it time.

Be well and we hope to see you again soon.

Happy Autumn,

Susan Dewey

Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor


Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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